First released by Monogram in 1961 and several times since as a Special Subject, the basic model is an interesting action model from that period, where such features were huuuge, and the Phantom Mustang raised the cool level of those features...
The model's outline is accurate, the molding shows its age but is remarkably good and mostly flash free.
The clear plastic airplane allows some (albeit minimal) internal details to be seen, with hidden electric motors for the landing gear and propeller. and the red plastic stand holds two D cell batteries to power the landing gear and propeller, and mechanical controls for dropping left and right bombs.
In addition to building the model, constructing the operating features is a significant part of the build, and demonstrates the use of mechanical linkages to inexperienced builders.
Assembly requires patience and READING THE INSTRUCTIONS to get the parts to fit and work properly.
When the instructions call for the modeler to lubricate moving parts, use petroleum jelly (Vaseline or equivalent).
Gluing the clear parts requires extra care to ensure that no cement mars the clear view.
With some patience and scratch building skill, several modelers have gone whole hog and detailed the interior more completely by adding internal structures and details.
Another interesting variation employed by modelers was to paint most of the airplane in its exterior colors, masking portions and leaving them clear to show the internal details. Hmm... maybe a few discreetly placed LEDs would add some drama to that presentation...
The Phantom Mustang is an interesting blast from the past and clever niche kit that is a distinctly different build either out of the box, or as the basis of a uniquely detailed model.
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